Wednesday, August 8, 2007
It seems like no matter what women do, we just can never really reach those upper echelons of our chosen fields.
No woman has ever won an Academy Award for best director, and only three have ever been nominated: Lena Wertmuller for 1975's "Seven Beauties," Jane Campion for 1993's "The Piano" and Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation." A woman has never won the Directors Guild's top honor, either, though six have been nominated.
Troubling. I once took a fantastic class at UVM called Feminist Art Theory and one of the most interesting articles we read was an essay titled Why have there been no great women artists by art historian Linda Nochlin. The final answer came down to a similar essay and thought process by the late great Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own. Women were never given the proper training, support, and freedom to be able to study their chosen craft/field the way men have always been able to do.
*sigh* Keep the faith, sisters.